Ogun AG-Office Conducts Medical Checks for Productive Performance

           In a proactive move to continually address the issue of infrequent health check-ups among employees, the Office of the Accountant General (AG) has conducted the second edition of its Health Talk/Medical Check, aimed at instilling a strong sense of health consciousness among the workforce.

Speaking during the exercise at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State Accountant General/Permanent Secretary State Treasury, Mr. Tunde Aregbesola, pointed out that many Civil Servants were unaware of their health challenge until it progressed to the point of being incurable.

“The journey to a healthier workforce begins with a continuous awareness of our health status. Regular health check-ups are our shield against unforeseen challenges, allowing us to act promptly, as they said health is wealth”, he said.

Delivering a health talk on diabetes and stroke, a Consultant at the State Primary Health Care Board, Dr. Yomibo Sofolahan, informed that diabetes is a chronic, non-communicable, lifelong disease and leading cause of death and illnesses, characterised by carbohydrate breakdown and metabolic disorder.

She added that stroke was a rapidly developing disease, caused by disruptions in brain function and a leading cause of death, advising effective control of the disease through lifestyle management, while prescribed medications, taking care of the feet, good diet and weight loss among others, were means of managing it.

Dr. Sofolahan, who emphasised preventive measures for those without the disease, said monitoring sugar levels, blood pressure and adopting a healthy lifestyle were key components of preventive healthcare, advocating regular health talks, check-ups and screening to raise awareness and foster a health-conscious mind set.

Contributing, Director of Health Insurance, Dr. Sarat Adebayo, charged government employees to embrace health insurance to avoid out-of-pocket payments for health services, especially during emergency cases, assuring that they would enjoy preventive and curative care, surgeries, as well as other forms of healthcare services in government health facilities and selected private hospitals across the state.

Speaking on behalf of other participants, Mrs. Adebimpe Akinoso, commended the initiative, pledging to prioritise regular health checks for optimal job performance and overall well-being.